Thank you IamJen,Originally Posted by IamJen
alphone, if you want to pm one of the mods, we can edit in some links for you. The rule is in place primarily to prevent spamming. Your posts are so long though, that I fear some may just pass them by.
I second all of this. I don't call myself Buddhist either, though Zen is a huge influence on how I view things. Vegetarianism for Buddhists is about least harm with the best intent. It's also about reality and acknowledging that circumstances may not always suit you or your beliefs. Tibet being a good example in regards to the climate not being suitable to provide enough food to allow most people to be vegetarians, even the monks.Originally Posted by Iria
I'm pretty sure there are several vegetarian Buddhists on this board, myself being one of them (although I hesitate to call myself a Buddhist, because I barely practice). I've met quite a few more on Buddhist forums.
The problem with Buddhism and vegetarianism is that monks live on alms (I'm sure not all of them do, but that's how it started, anyway). Beggars can't be choosers, and they are not allowed to turn down any food. The main rule is "if it wasn't killed specifically for you, it is all right to eat." Therefore you couldn't go out and butcher your own meat or ask someone to do it for you, but you could accept meat given to you, because the animal wasn't killed on your request.
Some modern Buddhists view it being okay to buy meat at the supermarket, because the animal is already dead. Others (the ones I agree with), say it's not because you're promoting slaughter with your money. Then it gets more complicated because even some people who won't buy meat will still eat it if they're a guest in someone's home, because they view refusing a host's food as similar to refusing an alm.
It's all very complicated, which is frustrating because it doesn't seem like it should be. It also varies by region and Buddhist school, although I don't have the information on hand to say which regions or which schools tend to be vegetarian.
Hi honeyfugleOriginally Posted by honeyfugle
i have a question: how many buddhists chhose to eat meat? are they in the minority or majority?
i've heard of a few buddhists who do eat meat, so i'm not sure...